Yesterday my sister sent me a link to photos of people finishing the Detroit marathon. How cool! There was one particular one of a first-time marathoner stepping over the finish line with her arms in the air and the look on her face was priceless! She wasn't a 25-yr-old ultra-skinny career runner. She was an average 45-yr-old woman. There seemed to be a lot of us 'regular people' in the marathon. I can't wait!! I can DO this!
This is a unique marathon and has plenty along the way to keep the runners (and spectators) amused. There is some form of live music almost every mile along the way. It passes through Corktown - the oldest surviving neighborhood in downtown Detroit (believe me, that's saying something). One leg of the journey is the 'underwater mile' where we will run through the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel and into Canada. The return trip into the USA will be via the Ambassador Bridge. There is a quick spin through Belle Isle (a park on its own small island in the Detroit River) and a jog past the old Tiger Stadium.
I printed up my training calendar yesterday. I purposely started pre-training a couple months early because I've been such a couch potato this winter. The date I actually would have HAD to start pre-training is April 13th in order to start real training on June 29th and be fully prepared for the marathon in October. I will continue in pre-training since I have already started. Once I hit the last scheduled week of it, I will just increase my jogging time a tiny bit every week until marathon training begins. I feel good that I'm a little ahead of schedule because now I don't have to sweat it too much on these ridiculously cold and icy days.
Anybody else out there thinking about trying a marathon (or even a half marathon)? Come on! You can do it, too? It's only 26.2 miles and one way or another it'll all be over in 6.5 hours.